Szechuan Sauce is back, and in a big way.
Last October, we truly meant well when we brought back a super-limited batch of Szechuan Sauce, but it quickly became apparent we did not make enough to meet the expectations of our fans. We did not anticipate the overnight crowds, the cross-state travel and the amazing curiosity, passion and energy fans showed. Our super-limited batch, though well-intentioned, clearly wasn’t near enough to meet that demand. We disappointed fans and we are sorry. To fully make amends, we felt it was important to not only bring back much more sauce this time, but to also admit our mistakes, answer questions and give fans access to the story behind the story.
We’ve worked every day since October to bring back much, much, more of the sauce our fans have been craving. And we’re excited to announce that starting Monday, February 26, 20 million packets of Szechuan Sauce will be available across all US McDonald’s restaurants with a qualifying purchase, while supplies last (which this time around, we hope is a while).
But we’re doing more than simply bringing back the sauce.
We’ve partnered with Studio@Gizmodo and Onion Labs to produce, ‘The Sauce,’ a look into the unbelievable, stranger-than-fiction, saga of Szechuan Sauce. In this fun, three-part series, host Catherine LeClair gets to the bottom of what happened on October 7th and the people behind the efforts to make things right. The series also digs into the pop culture moment that launched the phenomenon, Deadmau5 acquiring a promotional half gallon bottle, the production of 20 million packets, and the many other stories in between. All three episodes are available right now to stream below, and also on all major podcast platforms (click here for links).
We can’t wait for our fans to taste the savory, sweet flavor of Szechuan Sauce paired with our craveable and delicious Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, and hope that ‘The Sauce’ provides you with some answers, and a bit of entertainment from one of the most humbling stories yet.